Amblyseius swirskii is a predatory mite native to the coastal regions of the Middle East and North Africa. It is an ideal product to be used in crops that are grown under protection in warm conditions, such as peppers, cucumbers, gerbera and aubergine. It prefers mainly young stages of whitefly and thrips and consumes about 5-10 prey per day. Optimum daytime temperatures include 77-82°F with a relative humidity of 70%. These are optimum conditions, however, successful implementation may be received outside of those parameters. It breeds extremely quickly under warm and humid environmental conditions. It predates on thrips, whiteflies and other pests. In the absence of prey it can also survive on the plant by feeding on pollen and mold. It prefers a warm and humid climate, but can survive cooler nights during the winter months in semi-protected crops by moving lower down the plants where it benefits from the warmer microclimate closer to the ground. This mite is available in Gemini and hooked sachets, which are water resistant and allow for quick and easy introduction into the crop.
- 2-5 per square foot, bi-weekly or as needed.
Bottles with carrier: Before application, carefully rotate bottle to distribute mites throughout the vermiculite. Disperse insects and carrier over the foliage.
Sachets: Hang sachets in the foliage throughout the greenhouse. Protect from direct light and excessive moisture. Gemini sachets are waterproof and provide little moisture concern.
- Orders for A. swirskii must be received by noon on Thursday for shipment the following Wednesday, except for the 250 count sachet cases which must be ordered by 10am on Wednesday. Beneficial insects are normally shipped by FedEx Ground within the state of Washington, and by FedEx Express elsewhere in the USA. Please contact us directly if you require a different method of shipping. Live insects may not be shipped to Hawaii.